Measure for Measure

Newly appointed deputy to rule Vienna, Lord Angelo enforces tyrannical law against immorality in the city. When it’s discovered that Claudio’s fiancé is pregnant, Lord Angelo convicts him with a death sentence. Claudio’s sister, Isabella, seeks out Angelo to beg for mercy—but at what cost will she, a nun, go to save her brother?

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At a Glance

Classical Setting • Disguise • Mistaken Identity • Tragicomedy

Productions, Readings & Workshops

Measure for Measure – A.C.T. Out Tour

Performances: March 14–17, 2024, Tour: March 19–30, 2024 | American Conservatory Theater
Production & Tour | San Francisco, CA, USA

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February 29 – March 9, 2024 | Portland State University | Production | Portland, OR, USA

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September 30 – October 16, 2022 | University of Evansville | Production | Evansville, IN, USA

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Boston Court | Reading | February 27, 2021 | Online

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Sept 10-19, 2019 | The NOLA Project | Production | New Orleans, LA, USA
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Play On Podcasts

Measure for Measure

Translation by Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by Jessie Austrian

Aditi Brennan Kapil's Measure for Measure is our latest Play On Podcast series, directed by Jessie Austrian and features New York's award-winning Fiasco Theater ensemble. Exploring the corruption of power with wit and suspense, this podcast showcases a Vienna where anything can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Paperback & eBooks

Measure for Measure

By William Shakespeare
Translation by Aditi Brennan Kapil

An accessible new translation of one of Shakespeare’s most interesting and challenging plays.

One of Shakespeare’s most difficult plays, Measure for Measure has long challenged performers and audiences alike. In reworking the play in her translation, Aditi Brennan Kapil honors the structure, rhythms, and themes of Shakespeare’s original. Kapil’s updated language makes this cautionary fable about frailty, power, and the perils of legislating morality accessible for today’s audiences.

Production History

June 10, 2019

Play On! Festival NYC

Rehearsal and Staged Reading directed by Lisa Channer with full cast as part of the Play On! Translation Festival in NYC.

Produced by:
Play On! / Classic Stage / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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